The Millies take Langham

By Sara Wilson

The Millies bring their luscious harmonies, toe-tapping beats and witty lyrics to Langham Theatre for their Silver Belles show on Dec 15.

Their animated and engaging a-cappella performances deliver finger-popping swing that leaves audiences swooning.

As one member was “emerging through the coma of motherhood,” one was finding herself in a new city, and the other was redefining herself after a major career shift. All three women found themselves at the same jazz choir looking for a new way to express their creativity.

A year and a half later, The Millies materialized into the 1950s inspired singing troupe that’s not to be missed.

Local singers Lynda Raino, Elizabeth Adilman and Mollie Kaye wear their 1950s-era finery and show off their technical precision and musical depth.

“There’s something really amazing being part of this trio,” Kaye said. “I can be more of myself, and bring my qualities as a performer than I could if I was alone on stage.”

Gil Henry, a 40-year veteran producer at Langham Court Theatre, describes The Millies’ performances as “kind of like Ed Sullivan meets burlesque.”

“In many of the songs, there’s humour, and lots to laugh at. A few of the songs also have a kind of sultry sexiness to them, which is great fun,” he said. Their original arrangements are complex and tap into a nostalgic environment that keeps audiences coming back.

“We love that they are smiling from ear-to-ear, we love that they walk away wanting to come back,” Raino said. The Millies’ Silver Belles show will include a sock drive, where pairs of new, unworn socks will be collected in a fun, 50’s-style carnival-themed receptacle.

Tickets are $25 and are available at Langham Court Theatre or at www.themillies.ca

Just Posted

Three rescued after canoe capsizes near Oak Bay

Private vessel finds canoe, brings people ashore

Controversial Cowichan tiny house still in place after removal deadline

Cowichan Valley Regional District had ordered it removed by March 15

Cowichan’s ‘Project Draw Breath’ team expands and diversifies

Team from Cowichan Valley ramping up to help during COVID-19 crisis

Vancouver Island man sick with COVID-19 calls it a ‘horrible disease’

Tim Green says he has ‘extreme coughing fits every hour’ to clear his lungs

COVID-19: Health care workers seek alternative housing options to prevent families from getting sick

Volunteers, residents and businesses step up to provide frontline workers with alternative housing

First Nations, remote communities need special attention in pandemic, Freeland says

Health-care workers, seniors, Indigenous Peoples some of people most at risk, health officials say

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

COVID-19: Social media use goes up as country stays indoors

Overall messaging is up more than 50 per cent over the last month

Some April Fool’s Day jokes bring much-needed laughter; others tone deaf to COVID-19

Police are warning the public not to use the ongoing pandemic as a punchline

Snow falls in Errington on April 1 (no fooling)

Snow doesn’t stick, but more may come on Friday

Canada’s 75% wage subsidy is coming, but not for several weeks: finance minister

Subsidy will cost Canada $71 billion, but push down cost of emergency benefit, Morneau said

Call before you dig into spring projects during isolation: BC 1 Call

BC 1 Call gives free checks for utilities in the area of a desired outdoor project

B.C.’s intersection speed cameras putting more tickets in the mail

One Nanaimo location delayed after speed limit reduced

B.C. records five new COVID-19 deaths, ‘zero chance’ life will return to normal in April

Province continue to have a recovery rate of about 50 per cent

Most Read